India's auto industry has come a long way, and today's cars seem to be much better than they were 25 years ago. Above all, the budget–friendly segment has been the most popular in India and for good reason. Automakers are making their economy cars more durable, reliable and powerful, making them the easiest option for people looking to buy a car on a budget. Yes, cars made today look a lot better, but when compared to premium cars, luxury cars or supercars, they don't stand a chance. So while you may want to get behind the wheel of a Lamborghini (which you can with a used car appraisal tool), you may not have that kind of money to buy one. However, you can still make your economy car look like a premium model through the magic of modifications. People have been customizing their cars for years, and this trend has led manufacturers to produce their own branded MOD versions that comply with the Central Motor Vehicles Rules of 1989.
Therefore, if you own a budget car and want to change it completely, there are several ways to do it. From the exterior to the interior and everything in between, these modifications can make your vehicle look like a new vehicle.
One of the easiest ways to change the appearance of your car is to change its exterior appearance. There are several ways to give your car a "facelift" and not burn your wallet. Changing the look of your vehicle's exterior can help you get a better deal when you want to sell the model or it can attract interested buyers to get your RC transmission ready sooner rather than later. Let's take a look at some of the more expensive exterior modifications to your economy car.
Car wraps and Stripes:
Sometimes modifying your car can take as little as adding some racing stripes to the bodywork. We all know and love the racing stripes on the yellow Camaro in Converters and you can give your car an updated look simply by adding two stripes. Another inexpensive way to modify the appearance of your car is to cover it with a cap. Car covers are notably new and have become very popular in the sports car segment. However, you can add a wrapper to almost any car, even a budget model. Covers can be customized in any way you choose: colors, patterns, and finishes.
Stock cars come with stock components, including regular headlight covers. While these parts serve their purpose, they look very ordinary. The market is full of customizable headlight covers and taillight covers that can easily change the look of your vehicle. Whether you prefer a single round or square headlight, the options are endless. Together with the covers, you can also change the interior lights. Usually, cars come with regular white LED headlights, but you can change them to brighter or dimmer, depending on your preference.
Here's another component that can be changed for a more customizable driving experience. The wipers installed on a standard model are able to easily remove rain and dirt from the windshield, but they don't look great. There are many wiper blades available today in different designs, colors and even materials that can add a layer of elegance to your vehicle.
Wheels and Rims:
This is probably one of the first changes made to a stock car, but the wheels and rims are highly customizable. Your car usually comes with regular size wheels, but you can swap in and fit the smaller or larger wheels on the car as long as they are compatible. On the other hand, rims are very versatile and are available in all shapes, sizes and colors.
Spoilers and Lights:
Sports cars almost always have spoiler wings mounted to the rear of the car, which helps with appearance and aerodynamics. Nowadays, you can install a spoiler on any car as long as you have enough space. LED lights have become very popular in the automotive industry, and one of the best places to add them is on a car body. Many people install LED lights under their car to give it a complete sporty look and you can do the same for your car without spending a lot of money.
While the exterior of your vehicle is like the blank canvas for your imagination to go wild on, it's the interiors that provide the most customization. There are literally an endless number of modifications that can be added to the inside of your car to make it look a lot better than it looks like new from the factory. Manufacturers sell cars with some basic interiors that work perfectly, but if you want that little extra, here are some more affordable modifications to your car's interior.
Your budget car likely has rubber rugs that collect dirt and moisture from your shoes, but there is a way to take your humble rug to a whole other level. There are many options available made of other materials that come in different designs that can change the look of your vehicle's floor. You can also install colored floor mats in place of the black floor mats that came with your factory model.
You may think that your steering wheel cannot be modified, but there are many cars that allow you to remove and install new steering wheels like those found in sports cars. If your car's steering wheel cannot be replaced, you can get covers that give your car a new look. You can brighten up your car with something as simple as a steering wheel cover.
If you like sports cars, chances are you will also like the way the pedals on those cars look. Unfortunately, the pedals in your budget car are far from sporty. However, you can buy and install sports pedals on your regular car without much hassle or expense. Full metal pedals give your vehicle a better look and more durability than those found on standard models.
Certainly one of the first things you notice when you see a modified car are the seats. While your economy car comes with black or beige regular seats, you can buy seat covers to give your interiors a stylish look. Auto accessory manufacturers produce seat covers in all kinds of designs, patterns, textures, and color combinations, and they look very good in any boring stock car.
Equipment and electronics:
We've all turned to looking at a car bouncing to the music and wondering what it would feel like inside. With high-end audio equipment and speaker systems with subwoofer, you can achieve that feeling of your regular economy car. Installing a car audio system is as easy as unplugging the wires from the old setup and connecting the wires from the new one. In addition to the audio system, you can install a touch screen infotainment system (if your car does not already have one pre-installed). There are also navigation screens that can be added to your dashboard. Moving stands are a popular sight these days along with digital watches and other deliveries. The possibilities are endless and the best thing is that it is relatively cheap.
When your car's interior and exterior look impressive, you may also want to modify the performance of the car. You don't want to have a car that looks like a Porsche but performs as a cheap Maruti (not saying that Maruti cars are low cost cars, they are the most used cars in the country after all...just...as compared to a Porsche!! So what can you do to improve your car's performance without having to replace the engine with a jet engine?
Petrol cars require air to run, and high-flow air filters are the perfect way to supply the engine with more air for better performance. Compared with ordinary air filters, high flow filters are coated with oil, which increases the vehicle's response and can also increase the vehicle's mileage. These air filters are relatively affordable and can be installed without professional assistance.
Regular exhaust pipes help your engine get rid of the burning gases that build up inside so the engine can produce more power and torque. Free-flow exhausts are larger than regular exhausts and begin to remove combusted gases faster so your engine is clean to produce more power faster. These exhausts also look better and don't necessarily affect the car's mileage.
Your petrol car already comes with spark plugs, but if you want to improve performance, you can install high-performance spark plugs. These plugs offer greater resistance to carbon deposits and also provide multi-directional sparks that ensure better combustion. However, you can't just change the spark plugs and you will need new connectors and wires for the new spark plugs.
If you are willing to invest more in your car, you can always opt for an ECU remap software which works with the ECU to provide a customizable amount of fuel to the engine. This ensures that you can get the most out of your engine without having to worry about fuel drain. While the ECU works with both petrol and diesel engines, it is more efficient on diesel engines, providing a performance increase of up to 20 percent.
There you have it, some of the most affordable ways to modify your budget car into a powerful vehicle you'll be proud to drive on the street. If you have a stock car that fits into the budget segment and you want it to look like a high-end model, then these mods will surely excite you.
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